Back in 2015, I decided to switch social sharing plugins for this site.
If you’re a long-time reader of Magnet4Blogging, you might remember that I used to run the Easy Social Sharing Buttons plugin.
Since switching over to the Social Warfare plugin, however, I’ve really not looked at another social sharing plugin, and let’s be honest, there’s quite a few to choose from these days, both free and premium.
So why did I change to this plugin?
One of the reasons I switched was because it was being raved about so much at the time.
In addition, there were a couple of features in Social Warfare that really caught my attention. One of which was that this was a lightening fast loading plugin, and I was all about making my site faster to load.
So as the story goes I changed from Easy Social Sharing Buttons from CodeCanyon to the Social Warfare plugin by Social Warfare.
I originally wrote this review back in 2015, however, quite a few things have changed since. So below you will find my fully revised 2017 review of Social Warfare.
What is it?
Social Warfare is a complete premium quality social sharing plugin for hosted WordPress websites.
The plugin was created by three very talented guys; Nicholas Cardot, Dustin Stout, and Jason Wiser.
All three of these Gentlemen’s have extensive background knowledge and experience in content creation, product design, and development.
What they have created with Social Warfare is nothing short of an amazing tool.
Who can use this plugin?
Social Warfare is for anyone looking for a simple yet powerful way to add social sharing tools and social optimization features to their WordPress website.
What problems does Social Warfare Plugin solve?
There’s a host of other social plugins available out there, so what makes using Social Warfare, instead of those others, so special?
Firstly, lightweight code and optimized for performance makes Social Warfare blazing fast.
So, if you’re sick and tired of waiting around for your site to load because of your current social plugin, change to Social Warfare, problem solved, or at least one of the problems of slow loading site solved.
Tell me about the features?
Social Warfare is crammed with a host of powerful tools and social optimization features. These include the following –
- Beautifully crafted, fully customizable social sharing buttons. The design of these buttons is simply gorgeous.
- Global button display/positioning options, including manual placement.
- Floating buttons.
- Display Twitter counts.
- Pinterest images.
- Fully customizable tweets.
- Click-to-Tweet boxes to insert into your content.
- Twitter cards.
- Popular posts widget organized by the total number of social shares per post.
- Fully responsive design making buttons look great on mobile devices.
- Handy shortcodes available.
- Built-in Frame Buster to protect your content from being used for promotional purposes, and much more.
I want to share with you just a few of my favorite features in this plugin.
#1. Button customization and display options
With Social Warfare, you can customize your social sharing buttons just the way you want it, and there are over 5,000 potential style combinations to work through using the Visual Options.
In addition to styling, you can position your buttons almost anywhere you want on your site, simply by selecting the placement options available, or manually placing the buttons into your posts or pages yourself.
#2. Click-to-Tweet boxes
I love this feature. Before I would have had to install a separate plugin to add Click-To-Tweet boxes into my content, with Social Warfare premium, this is stuff is built right it.
#3. Hover Pin-it button
Another one of my favorite features is the easy-to-use Hover to Pin button. Enabling this means anyone can pin images straight to their Pinterest boards, thus helping you to drive traffic from Pinterest.
#4. Popular Posts Widget
Once of the coolest features, I think in Social Warfare is the Popular Posts widget. You can drop this straight into your blog’s sidebar or footer area to display your most popular posts by the total number of social shares.
You can also choose a specific network to base your post’s popularity on. See image below.
What’s the pros and cons?
- Clean, modern, attractive design of buttons.
- Built with performance in mind, quick loading and won’t slow down your site.
- Fully customizable, with over 5,000 possible style combinations for your buttons.
- Amazing built-in features, including “Click to Tweet” and “Frame Buster”.
- Lots of buttons placement and display options, including manual placement.
- ACTIVATE TWITTER COUNTS to show Tweet counts!
- A free version of this plugin available from the WordPress plugins repository.
- Affordable premium version with access to tons of additional features, support and updates, only $29 for single use license (per year)
- Google Analytics tracking.
- So simple to install and configure.
- Extensive knowledge database and great customer support (Premium).
- If you want to continue receiving updates for this plugin, you have to renew your subscription each year.
- Very occasionally conflicts with other plugins stopping some of the features working properly.
How much is Social Warfare?
Once again, there’s a free version of this plugin available from WordPres.org
If you choose to go premium for additional features, support and updates, as you’ve probably read from the above list of pros, Social Warfare is very affordable at just $29 per year for a single site license.
If you want to use Social Warfare Premium on up to 5 sites, it will cost you $135 per year.
For up to 10 websites, then it’ll cost your $250 per year.
For me, the Social Warfare Premium plugin fills in the gaps all the other social sharing plugins have failed to do.
The fact that this is a feature packed plugin, yet developed with performance in mind for lightening fast loading makes it the only Social plugin anyone should have on their WordPress website.
I love it and will continue to use it for many more years to come. I highly recommend you check it out too.
Where can I download or buy this plugin?
Click the button below to Buy Social Warfare premium version of this plugin. Or you can download the free stripped down version here.